“This is a simple step to help us engage more people and give them an opportunity to exercise their fundamental rights.” –State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

053116CM1192SPRINGFIELD- Currently there are more than 2 million Illinoisans who are eligible to vote, but aren’t registered.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) voted today to change that.

Bennett sponsored Senate Bill 250, which would automatically register eligible citizens when they renew their drivers’ license or state ID.  Today, the Illinois Senate voted 38-18 to override the governor’s veto.

“Democracy only works if people are engaged in the democratic process,” Bennett said. “This is a simple step to help us engage more people and give them an opportunity to exercise their fundamental rights.”

The Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 250 with overwhelming bipartisan support during the spring legislative session, Governor Rauner vetoed the legislation in August.

Studies released by the Brennan Center for Justice found that every state that has modernized their registration system has saved money. Delaware recently improved its electronic voter registration system at DMVs, saving over $200,000 an year from its election budget.

Estimates show the annual county-level costs throughout the country for voter registration is at least $1 billion, or about one-third of the total county-level cost of administering elections.

Under current law eligible citizens are allowed to register when they renew their license or state ID. Senate Bill 250 would change the rule from an “opt-in” system where citizens have to actively register to “opt-out,” where they can choose to not register to vote.


Bennett100216CHICAGO – Former Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert is an admitted sex offender. But he is in prison for bank fraud, not sex crimes.

That’s because the deadline to prosecute his crimes against students ran out long ago and prosecutors are powerless to do anything.
That would change under a proposed law being sponsored by State Senator Scott Bennett (D – Champaign). His proposal to extend that deadline was the subject of a committee hearing Tuesday that included testimony from one of Hastert’s victims.

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VeteranCemeteryRANTOUL – George Haworth was perusing through a St. Joseph antique shop last year when he discovered a grave marker belonging to a World War I veteran.

While the back of the grave marker listed the veteran’s name, military unit and day of his death, it did not contain any further information.

“I didn’t know where the marker belonged, but I knew at that moment I wanted to do everything I could to return it to its rightful place,” Haworth said.

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0916 shredding event ltr 2URBANA - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is hosting a Shredding and Mini Recycling Fair in Urbana on Saturday, September 24. The free event will give area residents the opportunity to dispose of sensitive documents as well as recycle ink-jet printer cartridges and single use batteries (regular, lithium or rechargeable).

Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Note: Shredding will end at noon or earlier if shredding truck reaches capacity.)
Location: Urbana Free Library (210 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801)

For more information, click on the flyer to the left or contact Senator Bennett's Champaign office at (217) 355-5252.

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Champaign Office:
45 E. University Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 355-5252

Danville Office:
201 N. Vermilion St. Suite 323
Danville, IL 61832
P: (217) 442-5252

Springfield Office:
311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507